:) Its certainly a capable saw, and I tried to be as “fair” as possible in my presentation. I see at least one thing that is done better compared to both TS and DeWalt. Is that a pink feather boa in the background of the intro? Its only relevant as long as the pricing doesn’t change, :). What makes a track better than a streight edge (wood or metal)? DeWalt DWS520KR Review: best track saw if money were no object Being one of the most expensive saws on this list, I was looking for superior build and quality. Thanks so much. I'd rather be able to make precise, splinter-free cuts in full length high-grade wood. I didn’t notice a non-regular depth scale but I honestly didn’t pay that much attention. I have the same noise from my saw (new saw), it sounds like ice in a blender at start up and on cuts. Interestingly .. there is ZIP about this bonus offer on the official DeWalt website ..nada. Love all that you do for the woodworking community. Lastly, I just found out that in Europe, it is common practice for cabinetmakers / remodellers to do the construction of cabinets and built-ins on-site; as opposed to building in a shop and then delivering the full blown products for installation. The frestool cuts and MDF wood, not leaving those corners brittle? And if set up properly, there should be no risk of having the blade make contact with the knife. One thing that I like with the Festool universial saw blade (W48) is its durability. I finally did and love it and I am sure I would have been just as happy with the Festool. NOT ACCURATE DEFEATS THE PURPOSE EXTREMELY SHORT BATTERY USAGE, Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2019. I apppreciate the honesty with which you approached it. There is very little that separates … Its nice to be able to cut thick steel beams precise without special tools. Nope, never received an update or any further information Robert. But if you are planning on getting any other Festool products in the future, I think you are far better off staying in the Festool family. That way your dust collection is easily adaptable. really enjoy watching your show on youtube. SP6000K? Festool has 2 things going for it. thanks Robert. Also the way Marc refers to going half way into a long cut and then pulling back, that has to be due to his desire to try to use his right hand but not being able to reach far enough. Did you ever figure out what’s wrong with yours? They gave it to you and you can just give it to me ;). Now, I will admit to be a DeWALT shop, truck, and everything, kind-of-guy. i think i could watch them all day :), and have you seen or heard anything about the Makita clone? 12 amp motor, depth control (up to 2-1/8), and the bevel control. I currently have it in the repair shop. Hey Mark.. However it feels as though something is wrong with the noise and vibration with this saw. Saw easily cuts 3/4" hardwood ply, with strong battery life, with minimal chipping / tearing. The DeWalt DCS387B can be bought in the following two options – the reciprocating saw on its’ own, and a package which includes both the saw and additional blades. it took me a while to get used to, but my dewalt track saw has really grown on me. DeWALT does offer a cordless option that festool does not. I’m just surprised they would give you the saw knowing you are sponsored buy Festool; seems risky for them. Plus, with the introduction of FLEXVOLT® reciprocating saws, DEWALT has changed the world of cordless construction tools. (white with an antenna or mic) I’m in the market and didn’t see one like that. One thing I noticed at 11:46 of the video is the depth scale. Because the saw fits into the track, it just has to be pushed, not pushed and directed like you have to on the homemade versions. Like DeWALT, there’s a spring-loaded pawl in the base to stop the saw on the track in the event of kickback. I used it to build a few floating shelves and even with the only 56" track I found that I could complete ¾ of a 76” cut and then line up the track with the back half of the cut to finish it up and it all lined up perfectly! So it was indeed an apples to apples comparison. They are light, easy to transport, set up is quick and easy, and they produce extremely accurate cuts. DeWalt is a respected brand, and their tools have a good reputation for quality. Hi Marc. I really enjoy your website. I bought my Dewalt from Amazon and when I started it, it felt like something was wrong with the bearing or bushing. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I just don’t see myself spending comparable money vs. something made in Germany by a company like Festool. I’m actually looking into both of these right now, but the plunge capacity has me siding with the festool. Thank you for making this possible. Easier, but slower, due to setting the track each time. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t think I ever stated that the blade in the Festool was used. Where circular saws were initially struggling for adequate performance (and even a 7-1/4-inch blade), they now exceed the performance of 15-amp corded models. I bought it for two reasons; One it had to be tough- I would be able to cut metals with it. I am a loyal DeWalt Customer and would love to have a chance of adding that to my vast collection of yellow items lol. The DeWalt is listed at 1 1/4″ so it looks like you might need some sort of adapter/reducer to get the job done. I like Festool a lot :) and although they are a bit pricey, I own more than few from their range. Well done on the review, i usually spend a lot of time reading reviews and lurking in forums before i go out and buy something, having said that, video reviews of tools? This compares the saws, but not the tracks. Not that it will matter a lot to many of us, but it might be convenient at times. A track saw will go … It took abit to get use to. Here is my review of the DeWalt Tracksaw, FINALLY! Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2020. I didn’t notice anything like that on mine Adrian. Dewalt track has just one slot in order to allow you to cut either direction on the track. Well, I haven’t tested it thoroughly or anything, but the DeWalt does fit the Festool track. We got it for only one gig and have used it many times since. It would have made the “unbiased” review complete. Were you using the 27mm or the 36mm festool hose?? I have one question for Marc, how close is the riving knife supposed to be to the blade and is there a chance for it to be caught on the blade? Festool TS 55 REQ Track Saw. My TS75 is great but I found it to be unstable on the track guide making bevel cuts. OK -I took a quick look at the two machines online (I own the Dewalt – big surprise huh?) I’ve read that the Dewalt is compatible with the Festool track; have you tried this yet, if so what was your experience? Then you will be able to cut in natural position, with material on your right side, and your right hand on the saw. The tests were done using the stock blades provided by the manufacturer. Thanks for the review. Required fields are marked *. I no longer have the saw in my possession so I can’t check for you. One of them is more powerful at 6 Ah, whereas the other is only 4 Ah. The Dewalt demo guy in TWW Episode 61 about 10:20s into the vid talks and shows the router attachment. Again, I am the first to admit my lack of in-depth details in my “review”. The "zero clearance" feature of the track it's nice, but not perfect. At the time, I believe the DeWalt was just a bit more expensive than the Festool. a) good tools that are impressive in their own right (the Domino, track saw, their line of routers, MFT, dust extractors) I feel better clamping the track down with the dewalt track clamps before cutting, but I have cut just relying on the non skid material on the track without issues. The cuts are extremely clean and accurate. For DeWalt it is the cordless DCS520T1 and for Makita it is the mains powered SP6000J1. After the first few uses it locked up and wouldn’t plunge so I disassembled and lubed a few things up. I found out that PANASONIC actually has blades that cut steel and has a diameter of 165mm- the same as the dewalt track saw. When I need to cut something with a track, I usually reach for the Festool since its already set up and ready to go. FYI, regarding tearout on the offcut piece, ,I found this on another forum: Dewalt rep recommended doing a very shallow scoring cut first, then a through cut if tearout on the offcut piece is problematic. It is obvious that what Festool brings to the table is a well-thought-out system of tools and accessories that work together in a seamless manner. Cordless Track Saw - Zero clearance TrackSaw(TM) cutting system delivers straight, splinter-free, precise cuts On track cut depth: 2-1/8" @90 degrees and 1-5/8" @ 45 degrees ; depth of cut scale accurately accounts for thickness of track Continuous anti-kickback mechanism and riving knife prevent kickback when engaged Straight plunge mechanism for optimal DeWalt Cordless Circular Saw Review 2019 – 2020 DeWalt 18V Cordless Circular Saw The DeWalt brand has been around the block a few times when it comes to providing top quality products for their consumers so they know a thing or two when it comes to top quality cordless circular saws. The attachment works with both Dewalt routers and Porter Cable routers. What’s the bottom line? DeWalt Flexvolt Track Saw Review Track saws are much more than just a circular saw with a straight edge. That is all. Pretty comparable Simon. I’ll try that next time, but it would be great if the manufacturers could come up with a mechanism to lock the base onto the track to keep it from tipping. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. Thanks for the very helpful review. A couple of sawhorses .. sheet of styro .. plunge router and workstops .. wahla. I don’t really utilize the depth scale in my work so it’s something I would easily overlook. I know its more money but it seems to have a few nice features compared to the Festool. Honestly I haven’t used it much since the review. This is from the previous Adrian post, not the latest, however I echo Adrian’s sentiments. You go to some leangth to compare the cuts made by both saw on same track. I appreciate your real world advice. I am in the market for a track saw. And most folks who already have several Festool components, I imagine, would also go for the TS55 or TS75. Its cast aluminum base and solid guard looks robust. The saw is made so the track is on the workpiece and the cut off is outside the track, now, usually you are cutting a small piece off of a bigger piece, so it is usually more comfortable and sensible to stand on the cut-off side, and the direction of travel of these saws make it so you really need to operate them with your LEFT hand. 1 trade catalogue. I think the pink boa goes well with the stylish coffee mug. I was just wondering if you are planning a update on this review, it’s been 2 year. Convenient with to shorter ones (798mm and 600mm). As much as I tried to focus solely on the Track saw, its nearly impossible not to draw comparisons to the Festool TS line of plunge saws. I believe the Festool is the better saw overall. It could have been just before I had to swallow the fact that if I wanted one of these saws, I would have to put out about $700.00. And fortunately, I rarely, if ever, use a clamp with either system. A tool that plays well within it’s own family is great but a tool that is versatile enough to play well with several brands may also have to be a consideration. Great review Marc. I think i will wait for the next DeWalt release. Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2017, This saw is great I love it I use it on a daily basis to in stall cabinets. The reason is an extractor, which on a Festool plunge saw protrudes to much on one side to allow you to get close to a floor level. The Makita SP6000J offers a 12 amp motor, which puts it … There are two things that make the track better than a straight edge. First, the track has a zero clearance strip at the bottom. Hi Allen. All of our videos are downloadable via the download links right above the video player. But I am currently building a slant-front secretary, and am stuck trying to cut the angled sides. Let me sum it all up by saying you need to be really picky to find distinctions that will make a real difference to the average woodworker. You do a great job of communicating in your reviews and also the how to portions of your website. I think going to buy here encrivel this machine. (b) is a lot harder to achieve, as it requires the availability of an existing portfolio of tools and inter-working accessories. Sorry. Im using it for a variety of materials: Wood, MDF, Aluminium AND STEEL :-) The benefit is two-fold: less exposed blade is certainly safer and DeWalt claims the shroud allows a 90% dust extraction capability when attached to a dust collector. I was worried because this saw has received mixed reviews all over the internet (YT), but I am very pleased with my saw. Are you going to do a demo on the boa next? Marc, There was not a big amount of play in the blade when he moved it around. Copyright Â© 2006-2020 The Wood Whisperer Inc. I took off the blade and ran it. Thanks. Where you’ve been using this Festool saw for some time, and I really doubt the blade is the stock blade. And it is still the same splinter free cuts, but I usally cut MDF och plywood. Hey just a few things that might be worth mentioning. Hey Marc, nice review. Keep up the good work. The clamps actually hook into the track from below. Well done, and thank you. I have a question from someone who has never used a tracksaw. As we mentioned earlier, the most common DEWALT cordless chainsaws come with different batteries. Mike Heidrick’s Comparison on Sawmill Creek, http://www.mafell.de/produktka.....038;xtree=, http://www.festoolusa.com/products/guide-rails. I think upgrading the blade on the Dewalt would put it on par with if better than the Festool’s cut. Great timing on this video. Been needing a sheet goods cutting solution that was flexible, easy to use, set up, accurate and cost effective, and this DeWalt is spot on. Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018. Till then, Festool will continue to increase customer awareness in the marketplace, and their presence can only get more pervasive anyway. Very informative an inspirational. I love working with wood and this is very difficult machines to facilitate the work. Nice review. It seems that the Dewalt model has very little room for a clamp as the saw takes up the whole width of the track. Once the initial setup was finished on the tool I was completely blown away by how much easier it was to cut plywood sheets! lol. That’s the problem with discussing pricing in reviews. Just wondering if you received a reply back from Adrian or Dewalt (Adrian, June 5 comment). If you find yourself reading this review for the love of God get the Makita. Looked at some other products, tested some (i.e., the Kreg is a toy, don't bother...), but non were as good for the price (Festool is quality, but really not that much better for about 3x more $$). I am going to purchase a DEWALT tracksaw but I have been reading that the festool track is better and was wondering if the longest length would be long enough to rip 8′ lengths of plywood with ease? Is there something inherently better about a track? Festool actually makes their track in all kinds of sizes: http://www.festoolusa.com/products/guide-rails. b) tools that inter-operate as a system. Easy to adjust and change blades. Thank you for sharing all your tricks and knowledge with us. Free returns. I am looking for a punge saw and track. My only gripe is the blades used in this review for cut comparison. Just kidding. I’d love to see you give review of the EZ-Smart guide rail system in comparison with these two guide saws. The absence of a riving knife on the Makita was a show stopper. Designed and developed by Underscorefunk Design. As I look you ripping the board, I finally figured what is this that bothers me every time I use my saw. Marc, I’m wondering if you did the cut quality comparisons using the same kind of blade in each saw. All saws are made for lefthanders! Hello, Answer me one thing. I just hope my wife understands this dilemma as clearly as I do! The cutline notches on DeWalt’s 7 1⁄4" saw extend from the front of the shoe to the blade cutout, providing two reference points for tracking a cutline. Spaces between tick marks decrease towards the end of the scale giving you accurate blade depth measurement (which is not linearly related to the tilt of the motor). Is it true, or is it just a picture distortion? Any info. There are some new kids in the block, and DeWalt isn’t only one. :). It's still WAY better than a regular circular saw. I believe it will last for a long time, deliver … But, if you are like me and already have several other brands of tools like Porter Cable routers you may lean toward the Dewalt. You can with DeWALT’s design; here, you have to turn and hold the knob to release the pawl whenever you set the saw on the track or want to back it up. Keep up the great work. Truthfully though, when will someone make one of these that is made for RIGHTIES? Weight 9.92 pounds. Of course, there will eventually come a time when the competition comes up with a similar system / tool interoperability offering. In this review of a DeWalt track saw vs Makita we will take a look at the best selling model for each of the two brands. well said. I both enjoy and find your reports educational. I liked the review and I would like to have either saw. A track saw is a versatile tool, and you can use it without the track, just like a circular saw. I only used the saw for a limited time for the review and haven’t really put it through long-term testing. DEWALT vs. Makita Cordless Track Saw Review 1. :). I must say that I’m not a big DeWalt fan and although my first cordless drill-driver was DeWalt I never, for some reason, bought anything else from their range. Why would I buy a saw that costs the same when there is already a saw out there with a proven track record and, according to Mr. Woodwhisperer himself, makes a superior cut? Those are the updated versions of what I had back then: http://amzn.to/2meJBtZ. ONe guy tried it and reported that this method worked better ON HIS FESTOOL than the zero clearance ‘green thingy’. Do not buy. hi, I live in Brazil and here has this saw from Dewalt, which is a shame because a lot missing. It will be interesting to see how this product will compete…. ;) The EZ Smart system is more than enough to knock down plywood for me and has the same quality of cut. Festool’s Tracksaw Site. This is a brand new, out of the box Dewalt with stock blade. The saw was actually given to me. One cannot get a straight edge on the rubber, so one cannot just align the track along the desired cut line. Hey if you don’t use the DeWalt… can I have it? China? The panels are just too tall for my SCMS or TS miter gauge. 99% of woodworkers I know want to know if the tools does what the manufacturers say it’s going to do and what, if any are the differences with other similar products. If you process a lot of sheetgoods, you could very well do without the tablesaw. This in contrast with Festool saw, where 0 and 55(75) mm are actual depths and everything in between is approximation with deviation of up to 2 mm. A pricy but good tool for a single person shop the uses plywood. Incredibly well done review .. thanks for your superb efforts. Milwaukee M18 2630-20 18 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Circular Saw The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely our own. Anyhow, I have an off-topic question: what kind of hearing protection were you using? Track Saw Comparison Results Here at A Concord Carpenter we took a hard look at the major Track Saw models on the market to see how they “lined up”. I would imagine the manufacturer has an “ideal” setting published somewhere. Nice job Marc. One of the best tools in its class, the Makita SPJ6000J1 612inch Plunge Circular … For me, it confirmed my decision. I like your big picture on the background. Dust collection is about 60% which isn’t bad for a circular saw. Let me sum it all up by saying you need to be really picky to find distinctions that will make a real difference to the average woodworker. Thank you for demonstrating the 45 degree cuts on both saws. Best Cordless Track Saw Comparison – Head-To-Head Track saws make long, precise cuts more quickly and with greater precision than table saws or circular saws. Don’t forget to also check our guide to the best tile saws. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. The big thing that I don t like about my Dewalt Track Saw is the cord, it s a bit unwieldy at times. This is very well illustrated at 10 minutes into the video, you can see that it is a little awkward, and that he is forced to use his left hand. I couldn’t tell where the cut was split between the two runs. Great review, even handed and the disclaimer humorous yet honest. : by the way, I am not a marketeer, just a geeky engineer who likes to cut wood. As an owner of a TS75 today, I’ll just continue along my merry path of building up my Festool portfolio (if and when I have the cash to do so! But generally speaking, I think the riving knife could be as much as 1/4″ away from the blade and still be effective. The cordless version runs on a 28VLithium Ion battery. You and you can see, your review was very thought provocking about the Makita one on a Ion! 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